Golden Vienna Revisited: Schubert, Bruckner, Brahms, the Strauss Family, Fritz Kreisler

Enjoy revisiting the music and images of the Golden Age of 19th and early 20th century Vienna. Beginning with Schubert, who had the shortest life of any of the great Viennese composers, we will progress to Bruckner the symphonist and composer of church music, then Brahms and the various members of the celebrated Strauss family, and end with the enchanting music of Fritz Kreiseler performed on his own violin.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Franz Schubert - Overture to Die Zauberharfe (1820) and the Wanderer Fantasie (1822) (c.22.00); extracts from the Opera ‘Fierrabras’ (1823); the Piano Four Hands Divertissement à la Hongroise (1824) – Part I
  • Franz Schubert -The Piano Four Hands Divertissement à la Hongroise (1824) – Part II; Schubert Mass in A flat major (1822-26)
  • Anton Bruckner - Symphony no 4 – 2nd and 3rd movements (1874-1888); Motets: Ave Maria 1861, Os justi meditabitur 1879; Locus iste 1869; Tota pulchra est 1878
  • Anton Bruckner - Mass in E minor, 1882 version: Motets: Virga Jesse 1885; Ecce sacerdos magnus 1885; Christus factus est 1884
  • Johannes Brahms - excerpts from A German Requiem – 1865-68; Symphony no 2 in D major (1877)
  • Johannes Brahms - selected Intermezzos for solo; the Piano concerto no 2 in B flat major 1881
  • The Strauss Family - The Radetzky March, the Overture to and an aria from the operetta ‘Die Fledermaus’, selected waltzes and polkas
  • Fritz Kreisler - his violin music played on his own violin - DVD with Henning Kraggerud and the Oslo Camerata

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the outstanding works studied in the course and their composers’ intentions.
  2. Assess the achievements of the various composers within the changing social conditions in Vienna and the Habsburg Empire.
  3. Distinguish the individual stylistic characteristics of each composer.
  4. Evaluate the different performances heard in the chosen musical extracts and their various merits.
$232 Limited / $209

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30 Apr

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